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Five Friday Faves | July 7, 2017

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HAPPY FRIDAY, Y’ALL!

For whatever reason, I feel like I kind of got back into a blogging groove.

I’m planning on switching things up on the blog – I know, I know, I’m always planning on that – but this one is in preparation of ending the year not as Stephanie Orefice any more (cue the sobs and drop me a line to tell me how y’all handled changing your name after you got married!). Because of that, I’ve been deep into the shopping around for a new theme and designing some new looks and stuff. Which means I’ve been looking at my blog a LOT, and I’ve been kind of falling back in love with it.

So today I wanted to bring you FIVE of my FAVORITE things at the moment.

001. PRINTABLE HAPPIES // etsy ;; instagram ;; facebook

I connected with Allyson on Instagram late last year, and I have LOVED watching her product catalog grow and have been waiting to order some stuff from her online, and then we got coffee and she brought me an adorable mug + some goodies.

The adorable mug:

Printable Happies Coffee Mug // stephanieorefice.net

Also, adorable us. 🙂 and YES, Allyson was wearing a Printable Happies shirt and I thought that was the CUTEST THING EVER.

She showed me a product she was about to launch and I literally lost my mind. I texted Justen IMMEDIATELY and told him I’d be buying one for us. She launched them early yesterday and I 100% purchased this door mat because IT IS PERFECT.

 

Um… right? You can buy it + peruse her other great stuff on her Etsy store here (and tell her I sent ya’!).

 

 

002. ALL THINGS HARRY POTTER

Yeah, so I just finished the Harry Potter series and I’ve been writing a blog post about that for next week, but I’m seriously all about Harry Potter. Let’s talk Harry, Hogwarts, Hallows, Hagrid, Hermoine, Horcruxes… help me out, what other H words? Horace Slughorn? Herbology? Hit me with all the H HP words!

Justen and I are going to go to Universal Studios on our honeymoon (WHICH MEANS THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER) and I’m EVEN MORE excited than I was before, if that’s possible. I canNOT wait to try some butterbeer!

 

 

003. MY NEW POLYMAILERS

Super lame, I know but I am OBSESSED with the polymailers I got for my Poshmark sales. I’ve been playing with fire and maintaining two inventories, one here in Nash and one in Vancouver, hoping that nobody will bundle any items from the two. Once people starting purchasing from my inventory here, I had to pick up some polymailers because the big post office boxes were NOT cutting it. I was torn between these and watermelon ones, but I’m SO GLAD I got these. How pretty are they?! Heart eyes emoji.

 

 

004. HOMEMADE MOCHA ISAGENIX SHAKES

Late May I signed up for Isagenix and have been using their shakes throughout my day. I started with the Vanilla Chai and HATED the chocolate ones, but I started substituting the water for cold coffee and OMG. It’s like having my own mocha shake! They recently released a mocha flavored shake, and I bought two canisters… wasn’t that impressed. My homemade mocha shake is where it’s at. Also… I’m not going to be salesy about Isagenix or anything but if you ever want to chat about it, I’d love to talk to you about it and I know someone who is a fountain of Isagenix wealth. Even if you want your own protein powder… forgo the water and mix with chocolate and you’re welcome.

 

 

005. WEDDING SHOES

Y’all I am OBSESSED with trying to find my wedding shoes. I found a pair of Topshop gold glitter shoes for sale on Poshmark and LOST MY MIND, but they weren’t in my size and I couldn’t find them in my size ugh. So then I decided to just start trying to find a good pair of wedding shoes. I found some and went back and they’d sold out… and weren’t available online! Help a sister out – hit me up with ALL the pink or gold glittery shoes. I don’t necessarily want flats, but they can be flat. I never knew something like this would be such a hassle! I’m LOVING getting to see all of the pretty options, though!

 

 

Alright. I’m out. What are a few of your favorite things at the moment? ANYTHING. Foods, outfits, smells, pictures… drop me a line and let me know!

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A fear of missing out means you have to be prepared for anything

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MoreMomentsWithExcedrin #CollectiveBias

 

I’ve never been a person who has had headaches, but last year that all changed. I could be doing anything, driving, going on a walk, having coffee with a friend, and out of nowhere I would get a headache and feel like I needed to shut down.

It was around this same time that my boyfriend FIANCE had family in town. I don’t have a big family, but Justen does and they all got together to visit and see the out of town guests. By big family, I mean I actually sat trying to figure out who was married to whom and what kids belonged to which couple and how that baby was related to that other person’s great aunt.

 

The night of the get-together, I found myself with a splitting headache that came out of nowhere. One minute I was excited (and nervous, let’s be real!) about meeting Justen’s extended family, and the next minute I was cringing in pain and wondering if I was even going to be able to make it. Was it better to be there, cranky and in pain, or to not be there and leave Justen to having to answer questions about where I was?

What a crummy corner to be backed into, right?

 

Thankfully, there’s Excedrin® Extra Strength to provide fast,  in-the-moment relief so no important moments have to be sacrificed. For some people, Excedrin® Extra Strength helps relieve headaches in just 15 minutes. I was able to spend the evening trying to remember names and piece together a family tree without the distress of a headache. Excedrin® offers a variety of products for fast relief from a variety of headache types. It’s always important to check each product’s directions to make sure you’re being safe and allowing the product to work as effectively as possible.

As time has passed, my headaches related to that have become less frequent, but I never want to sacrifice important moments in life because of something like a headache or anything else that might pop up unexpectedly. I have a pretty severe case of FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out. I’ve created this little FOMO Kit featuring  Excedrin® Extra Strength so that you won’t have to miss out when the unexpected happens.

What you’ll need for your FOMO Kit:

  • Body wipes & deodorant
    (just in case you have a randomly sweaty day)
  • Bobby pins & dry shampoo
    (because a day that starts as a great hair day doesn’t always end as one)
  • Chapstick
    (in case your lips hurt real bad. Sometimes I just HAVE to have chapstick)
  • Bandages
    (just in case you’re in need of some first aid)
  • Feminine products
    (a small stash of a few varieties because who knows what can hit when)
  • Excedrin® Extra Strength
    (headaches should not have you sitting on the sidelines)
  • Floss & mouth wash
    (for those post-meal moments when you’re terrified of smiling… or talking)

I picked up the Excedrin® Extra Strength at Walmart in the pain relief aisle, and while I was there I grabbed a bottle of Excedrin® PM Headache as well. Nothing like a late night headache to get in the way of the next day’s moments. With two pain fighters and a sleep aid, it’s a great product for night time headaches.

When in your life have you almost had to miss out on an important event because something unexpected snuck up on you? What would you add to your own personal FOMO kit?

 

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The Poshmark Series: How to make money with Poshmark

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How to start selling clothes on Poshmark // stephanieorefice.net

A few months ago I was scrolling through the #debtfree hashtag on Instagram and I stumbled upon a few people who were paying off their debt by selling/re-selling clothes through Poshmark. I remembered downloading Poshmark years ago but being so confused by it that I immediately deleted the app.

I decided to give it another shot and one day before work in the middle of February, I uploaded 5 or 6 items to my Poshmark closet and got to work following people in hopes of gaining a following, even though I had no idea what that meant or how it would help.

It’s been a crazy, exhausting two months since then and this is how well it’s gone for me so far:

 

I keep encouraging my friends to start selling their stuff on Poshmark, and I’ve been getting so many questions that I realized it’s worth it to share on my blog, because I want to see people succeed.

This is going to be broken down into a zillion few blog posts. Here’s the list; you’ll notice the last blog post is for questions – please hit me up with your questions throughout this series, and I’ll answer them in the last blog post!

If you don’t have Poshmark, here’s a quick overview. It’s an app (and site, but functions primarily as an app) where you can post and sell clothes OR you can shop and buy clothes. It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy kanye yeezy. I added that last part in. You can download the app here and use the code BWCTE and you’ll get $5 to spend (and so will I!). You can shop my closet here:

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Why I’m not myself on social media.

Often, I’ll stumble upon articles that encourage you to remember that social media isn’t a real depiction of everyday life. Someone will talk about how we stage our pictures, focus on the ultra-positive, and totally dismiss any of the hard stuff in our lives.

I’m going to stand up right now and admit that my social media is not a completely true, accurate reflection of who I am. It is 100% true in what you see, but it’s not 100% true for the whole me. That sounds like it could be a rap song, just saying.

Why I'm not myself on social media // stephanieorefice.net

I scrolled through my Facebook Timeline. Wedding-related pictures (asking my flower girls, buying the dress) and Mean Girls stuff, elephants and sparkly things shared by my friends, an alert about Starbucks having toasted coconut syrup, and some pictures of kids I love.

All of that is me. I don’t ever want people to think that I don’t wholly love all of those things.

But what you don’t see is that I’ve stopped posting pictures of myself because I’ve gained so much weight I hate having my pictures taken. I have so much stuff and clutter in my life that I frequently have sobbing fits of overwhelm but I don’t have the time to do much about it because I’m so tired when I get home from work.

You don’t regularly see that I ran into a pro-Trump rally when I was at the Farmer’s Market and started crying, that I question the divisive nature of the current ‘United’ States of America. You don’t see that I don’t know where I stand with hot button issues, that I stopped going to church, that there are a lot of deaths in the families of people I love, that I rarely spend time with people who aren’t Justen and that I don’t really journal anymore.

But you also didn’t see me post about being engaged. I didn’t post about my best friend coming to town to help me pick out my wedding dress. I haven’t posted that I’m moving to Nashville for the summer, or that I drove to camp to ask two sweet girls to be my flower girls. I didn’t share that Rhoda sent me a wonderful card of congratulations, that Justen and I went to Target and registered, and I just found a pair of LuLaRoe leggings in my size AND a pretty peach color for $4.99 at Goodwill.

That’s kind of me and my life in a nutshell, and not much of it is seen on social media.

As I scrolled through my timeline one day I realized that if someone who didn’t know me looked at my timeline, I probably seemed like a happy-go-lucky, light-hearted, optimistic, fun girl. At times I can be those things, but I’m most often pessimistic, judgmental, tired, and timid.

The thing is, I just don’t think those parts of me – the parts I struggle with, the parts I work on and hope to change – belong on social media, because while social media is comprised of my close friends, it’s also comprised of people who don’t know me and haven’t earned the right to see the dark and twisty side of who I am.

I don’t do it to make my life seem perfect or awesome or inspiring or anything, I do it because there’s a difference between being my Facebook friend and being my actual friend, and I reserve the right to keep the two separate, good and bad parts of life.

So there you have it.

I’m not myself on social media, and I don’t feel bad about it at all.

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Easy Spring Recipe: Bunny Bark

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #SweeterEaster #CollectiveBias

I LOVE SPRING! Winter seems to drag on longer and longer each year so at the first glimpse of a flower in bloom I literally lose my mind with excitement. A few weeks ago I shared an easy spring craft with you so I figured I might as well share an easy spring RECIPE with you as well!

This recipe is an explosion of everything that is good in the world: color, texture and sweets. The star of the show are the pretty pastels of the spring M&M’S® Milk Chocolate that I picked up at Walmart. Ladies and gentlemen (okay who are we kidding, this is probably just ladies!) I present to you… Bunny Bark!

Easy Spring Recipe: Bunny Bark // stephanieorefice.net

You’ll need:

  • 24 oz white candy melts
  • 8 squares white chocolate melts, divided in 2
  • Food coloring
  • 1/4 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup M&M’S® Milk Chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • Small cake pan or tray lined with tinfoil

Gather all of your supplies and make sure to take a cute picture, then follow these simple instructions.

Bunny Bark Recipe // stephanieorefice.net

ONE // Melt the candy melts according to package. Usually that is microwaving for a minute, stirring, and then microwaving for 10-15 seconds and stirring in-between to make sure all of the melts are melted but not burned.

TWO // Pour the candy melts into the pan/tray and spread out evenly with a spatula.

Bunny Bark Recipe // stephanieorefice.net

THREE // As quick as possible (or after you’ve finished step 1 and while you move on to step 2, if you have a helper) melt the 8 squares of white chocolate melts, stirring in whatever food colors you’ve decided on (I chose pink and green).

FOUR // Pour the colored chocolate melts on top of the candy melts in the pan, using a knife to swirl the colors all around. You’ll want to do this as quickly as possible so that the base layer of candy melts doesn’t harden.

FIVE // Pour on all the garnishes – the marshmallows, sprinkles and of course the M&M’S® Milk Chocolate. Spread them out, and press the bigger treats into the candy melts. I didn’t do this, and wished I had.

Bunny Bark Recipe // stephanieorefice.net

SIX // Freeze for an hour, then pull the tray out and begin breaking the bark into smaller pieces. Enjoy. Give away to all your friends!

Bunny Bark Recipe // stephanieorefice.net

I picked up a pack of M&M’S® Milk Chocolate in bright spring colors from Walmart, and while I was there I picked up the MARS Variety Bag to give to Justen’s co-workers; full of everyone’s favorite chocolates, the MARS Variety Bag is perfect for Eastering – baskets and hunts. Walmart is the place to go for Easter needs, whether it’s building an Easter basket or filling eggs for an Easter Egg Hunt.

Bunny Bark Recipe // stephanieorefice.net

For more fun Spring recipes, make sure you visit MyConfectionCorner.com – it’s full of sweet recipes that feature M&M’S® Milk Chocolate and other Mars brand treats – all available at Walmart.com!

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5 ways to drink more water

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StopSpills #OnTheGoWithContigo #CollectiveBias

When I was in high school, I was the Water Drinking Master. I would fill up a big pitcher of water and take it downstairs with me to drink when I watched TV. I had no problem in peeing clear (you know, the sign of being REALLY REALLY hydrated) and since I had yet to discover coffee, it was literally the only thing I consumed.

Fast forward 15 years and I struggle to consume enough water every day. In fact, when I complain about not feeling well due to a headache or stomachache or just feeling off, Justen asks me if I’ve had any water lately. The answer, 9 times out of 10, is a sheepish, “well.. no.”

There are two methods people have to determine how much water you should be drinking. The first is based on the individual: you take your weight and divide it by two. That’s how many ounces you should drink every day. The other one is just 64 ounces (8 x 8oz glasses).

Drinking water can be HARD! Especially now that I’m trying to get ready for my wedding (omg what!) I’m working on taking care of myself better, including drinking more water. Here are five ways to sneak more water into your day:

5 ways to drink more water // stephanieorefice.net

#1. Carry your water bottle everywhere.

Here’s an easy one: Have a water bottle with you at all times, so that you always have access to water. Every time you leave your house make sure you fill up your water bottle to take with you. It’s hard to drink more water if you’re never around it!

5 ways to drink more water // stephanieorefice.net

#2. Get a bigger water bottle

If the recommended amount of water is 64 oz a day, get a water bottle that requires you to fill up less. I love this Contigo AUTOSEAL® Chill Bottle because it’s 24 ounces! That means that you only have to fill it up three times and you’ve exceeded your daily goal! I love the function of this water bottle – it has a spill-proof lid with auto seal technology, so you press and release the water. While you carry your water bottle everywhere you don’t have to worry about spills or leaks. It even has spout cover to keep dirt and germs away.

I picked one up at Target (they’re only $19.99 for a limited time!) for me and my best friend Emily. We each chose Target exclusive colors; mine was Very Berry, hers was Matte Black with Iced Aqua. They were located on an endcap in the housewares aisle or you can pick yours up online here.

5 ways to drink more water // stephanieorefice.net

5 ways to drink more water // stephanieorefice.net

#3. Write a checklist in your planner

I love to check things off of lists, so every day I write little boxes in my planner so I can check things off as I do them, and there’s always a spot for water. Knowing that you have a goal and a way to track it definitely helps.

5 ways to drink more water // stephanieorefice.net

#4. Set an alarm

If you’re like me, sometimes you start your day off well and with great plans for the day and before you know it the day is gone. All too often I’ve chugged a LOT of water right before bed which has caused me to wake up in the middle of the night to pee – I’d rather stay hydrated throughout the day if it was up to me. To help remember, you can set an alarm to go off as often as you need to remember to take some chugs.

#5. Sip at red lights.

After you start taking your water bottle everywhere, don’t miss out your chance to sneak water in while you’re in the car! Get in the habit of taking a few sips while you’re at red lights.

5 ways to drink more water // stephanieorefice.net

 

Especially with winter melting to spring and leading into summer, it’s so important to stay hydrated! Check for the Contigo Autoseal Chill Water bottle at Target and check out Contigo on Instagram and Facebook to stay inspired to keep hydrated.

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